On November 30, 2016 JSC TVEL (Fuel Company of the State Corporation ROSATOM) and Vattenfall Nuclear Fuel AB (Sweden) signed a contract for the supply of TVS-K fuel for the Ringhals NPP (a company in the Vattenfall group, Sweden). The contract includes the delivery of the commercial reloads of nuclear fuel assemblies starting from the year 2021.
The implementation of this contract will provide Vattenfall AB with the extended diversification of nuclear fuel supplies. The use of new fuel will also help to improve the economics of the NPPs.
The Fuel Company of ROSATOM TVEL through this contract enters the PWR segment of the nuclear fuel market. This is the first contract for commercial reloads of TVS-K. It opens the new opportunities for TVEL to broaden the geography of supplies and to enter other markets with the PWR fuel.
“We have been working in cooperation with Vattenfall since 2008. In 2011 the contract for the operation of several Russian lead fuel assemblies was signed. These fuel assemblies continue operating at the third unit of Ringhals NPP; the performance is within the normal design limits with no deviations. Our priority is the highest safety and reliability of the Russian nuclear fuel” – said the President of TVEL Yury Olenin after the contract signature.
“Throughout the years of our cooperation we built effective communications framework; the parties have been successfully performing the scope of works. Our fuel design comprises the advanced engineering solutions and the sound experience of VVER fuel fabrication” – the Mr. Olenin added.
The Managing Director of Vattenfall Nuclear Fuel AB Per-Olof Nestenborg highly appraised the Russian fuel and the culture of its manufacture in the Russian facilities. He noted that using the Russian nuclear fuel Vattenfall AB would be able to increase the security of supply and to improve the economics of Ringhals NPP.
About JSC TVEL
TVEL JSC – nuclear fuel company of Rosatom – develops, manufactures and supplies nuclear fuel that meets the most stringent international reliability and safety requirements to both Russian and foreign nuclear power plants as well as research reactors and marine nuclear steam generating plants. TVEL is a major supplier of enrichment and conversion services in the world.
TVEL was established in 1996 to improve the management of nuclear fuel cycle enterprises. It consolidates conversion, enrichment and fabrication facilities, gaseous centrifuges development and production plants as well as specialized R&D centers. This allows TVEL to offer its customers package proposals on all front-end stages of NFC. (www.tvel.ru)